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  • With warm sunshine flooding the hills, pastures, lakes and beaches of France, this is the perfect time for an Autumn getaway to enjoy the relaxing peace and quiet of late season destinations. And the bonus of great value accommodation in both countryside and cities!

    Of course, Paris in the sunshine is hard to resist – but try other beautiful cities in France for a long weekend or mid-week break. Romance is in the air in Annecy in the Haute-Savoie, with clear air, lakeside strolls and mountain views, also in Carcassonne, where winding medeival lanes take you on a trip back in time.

    Hop on a train to visit sunny Avignon, the city of the popes, Bordeaux for the wine harvest or Tours for the Loire chateaux. For history there is Chartres, while for glamour and beaches, Nice is hard to beat.

    At French Connections, you can find your destination, choose your accommodation, book your ferry, train or plane and even tick off travel insurance and currency exchange. Start with our complete guide to the best City Breaks in France.

    For a family break at half-term in late October, the iconic Disneyland Paris is perfect. Why not plan a holiday combining the charms of Disneyland with a taste of the enticing land of France by renting a holiday home nearby? Get special offers, holiday rentals, hotels and more in our guide to Disneyland Paris.

    Families will also enjoy a city break or a relaxing stay in the French countryside. Check out our special offers and late deals to snap up a beautiful farmhouse or villa for a fraction of the summer cost and enjoy outdoor activities and eating out in typically French local towns, with the advantage of the excellent euro exchange rate.

  • Easter is just around the corner and in France that means age-old community traditions and joyful celebrations – especially in the countryside, which is also great for getting active outdoors in the longer spring days. French cities combine tradition with the stimulation of an urban buzz and there are even more thrills as Disneyland Paris celebrates its 20th year from Easter Monday onwards. So Easter in France really does offer fun for all ages and tastes.

    One of the joys of staying at a holiday home in a village or town in the French countryside is dipping into a way of rural community life that has held fast to its traditions, humanity and sense of identity.  This is particularly evident at Easter, the announcement of Spring and rebirth that is evident all around in field, forest, vineyards and verdant hillsides.

    Even the smallest French village has its church, often with a distinctive tower or steeple housing the all-important bells that peal to mark the great occasions and transitions of human life. But on the Thursday before Good Friday, the bells of French churches fall silent. “The peal of the bells has flown off to Rome to see the Pope,” it is said. Only on the morning of Easter Sunday do the bells fly back to peal once again, bringing with them chocolate Easter eggs.

    The eggs are said to be strewn by the bells for children to find in gardens and parks. This is why French children hunt outdoors for their chocolate eggs – and why the gorgeous displays in the window of the village chocolatier includes lots of bells with wings as well as eggs. The tradition behind Easter chocolate fish is less clear – but they are beautiful works of confection, sometimes containing smaller items of chocolate shellfish.

    Churches hold an Easter Mass on Saturday evening and the Sunday is marked by a long family lunch with plenty of local produce and wine, which seems like a pretty good model to follow if you’re holidaying in France!

    Easter Saturday falls on 30th March – and there’s still time to book your Easter getaway for this or the following week at a cottage, farmhouse, chateau or chambres d’hote in many rural areas of France with great walking, cycling and sightseeing. More in our guide to Easter – including a fantastic choice of Easter accommodation still available - and in our calendar of Festivals and Events.

    Photo: Tulip picking at the Chateau de Percey in Burgundy

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    France is home not only to Disneyland Paris but also some of the best theme parks in Europe. They make a great family adventure and are still open during half-term week later this month.  Although most theme parks do have hotels on site, they can be costly and get booked up in advance. We offer a range of self catering holiday homes near to most parks, which can be a more affordable option and give you more flexibility to enjoy local French life. Here’s our top picks:

    Disneyland Paris
    Disneyland Paris is the biggest theme park in France. The enchanted kingdom offers sensational attractions, breath-taking parades and a fairytale backdrop...And of course, there’s the chance to meet Mickey, Minnie and all their Disney friends wandering around the site!

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    Futuroscope
    Situated in Poitiers, Western France, Futuroscope (top photo) is one of France’s most visited parks – and most of its attractions are indoors, so perfect for October. It’s all about multimedia, cinema, audio visual and robotic technology of the future.

    The Astérix Park
    Inspired by the famous comic book, Parc Astérix is based on the adventures of Asterix, Obelix, Getafix and their friends. It features a range of rides and attractions with an ancient history theme.

    Vulcania
    The Vulcania theme park gives visitors the chance to experience science through sense and feelings and features underground tours and film shows exploring the story of volcanoes. Attractions include magma explorer, angry earth, earth machine and the unveiled planet.

    Use our guide to theme parks in France to find more detail on these and other options and to choose accommodation in the vicinity of your favourite park.